DayBreaks for 1/04/18: Spiders, Flies and the Crowd
From the DayBreaks archive, 2008:
Ephesians 5:5-6 (NIV) – For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
Job 15:31 (NIV) – Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return.
We are easily deceived. There are probably many reasons for it, but I think the main reason we are deceived is because we want to believe something strongly enough that we allow ourselves to be convinced it is true. And as Job points out, we don’t necessarily have to be deceived by others – we’re plenty good at deceiving ourselves. We deceive ourselves into thinking that we’re better than we really are, that we are smarter, more holy, more righteous than someone else and therefore God must like us better. We deceive ourselves into thinking that we’ve accomplished whatever we’ve managed to accomplish by our own wisdom, smarts and talent – forgetting the Source of the talent.
But what really bothers me these days is how easily the people of God get deceived by the world and the smooth-talking salesmen of perversity. Evil is made to sound good, and good to sound evil and even hateful. The world has gotten very good at telling its story – I fear it is much more skilled at telling its story than we are at telling the story of what God has done.
Once a spider built a beautiful web in an old house. He kept it clean and shiny so that flies would patronize it. The minute he got a “customer” he could clean up on it so the other flies would not get suspicious. Then one day this fairly intelligent fly came buzzing by the clean spider web. Old man spider called out, “Come in and sit.” But the fairly intelligent fly said, “No, sir. I don’t see other flies in your house, and I am not going in alone!” But presently he saw on the floor below a large crowd of flies dancing around on a piece of brown paper. He was delighted! He was not afraid if lots of flies were doing it. So he came in for a landing. Just before he landed, a bee zoomed by, saying, “Don’t land there, stupid! That’s flypaper!” But the fairly intelligent fly shouted back, “Don’t’ be silly. Those flies are dancing. There’s a big crowd there. Everybody’s doing it. That many flies can’t be wrong!”
Well, you know what happened. He died on the spot. Some of us want to be with the crowd so badly that we end up in a mess. What does it profit a fly (or a person) if he escapes the web only to end up in the glue?
May you be wise to the ways of the world because you are wiser to the ways of God!
PRAYER: Give us discerning hearts and minds, O Lord, so that we are not led astray by the voice of the masses or by false appearances. May we heed the warnings that You have given us in Your Word and through Your Spirit. Preserve and protect us, we pray! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple.